Back in the USA

Posted in Updates on June 7, 2012 by pioneerathletics

We are back in the USA!!

After an awesome trip and an amazing experience, it definitely feels good to be back in our home country.
Starting from where we left off in our last post, Day 5 brought more amazing site seeing. We got to see the Notre Dame church which was spectacular AND we went to Louvre, which is a museum which houses the Mona Lisa painting. Later in the night we traveled to a small town in France for our fifth game. The team didn’t turn out to be much competition, but the after dinner and fun they provided was irreplaceable. Again, France showed us some great hospitality.
Day 6 was a travel day. We drove from France to amsterdam which is about a 7 hour bus ride.  After we checked into our hotel we went to a ” river party” at the house of the coordinator of our games in amsterdam.  His family and his neighbors prepared a BBQ feast for us.  There was so much food and alcohol…..they were joking that their plan was to get us too fat and drunk to be able to play well the next day.  Although their plan didn’t end up working, the hospitality and friendliness of these strange Dutch families was incredible.
Day 7 was our first full day in Amsterdam. We started the morning off by touring the Anne Frank house. This was a very interesting, but sad look back into history. We then spend most of the rest of the day in the gym. The boys team played first, got the win, and then we all did an hour long clinic with around 30 Dutch kids. This was a lot of fun, but also hard since we didn’t speak their language. We, the girls, then had our final game of our trip which ended up being the most competitive and fun game. We were lucky to get to play the U20 National team of Holland. they happen to be in the area for training camp. The game was close the whole way, but USA ended up pulling out the win, 66-64. We ended the night celebrating in downtown Amsterdam, which we found to be a very weird/bizarre/but fun place at night.
Day 8 we started with a boat tour down the famous channels of amsterdam.  Most people however, due to the craziness of the previous night, were rocked right to sleep and missed the entire tour hahaha.  After the boat tour we were given some free time and so we took a taxi to a different part of town and had a delicious lunch at an adorable lunchroom.  We also got our hands on a VERY informative pamphlet about Amsterdam.  Did you know that amsterdam was the first city to legalize gay marriage? I didn’t! After that we took the bus to the Heineken brewery, which was a lot of fun actually! We learned how the beer is made and the brewery has a number of fun interactive activities to do as you learn about beer! For dinner we went to the hard rock cafe.  Overall, we had an amazing time on this trip.  All the discomfort of being in a foreign country was washed away every night when we played basketball.  Everyone was so accommodating and friendly, it was truly a positive experience.
Thanks for reading!!
Neva and Kristina

Neva & Kristina in Paris, Update #2

Posted in Updates on June 1, 2012 by pioneerathletics

Hello from Paris, 

We have now successfully completed day 4 of our trip and we are having a great time! The first day was spent fresh off the airplane, in London. We met up with the rest of our team and drove into the city where we did some sight seeing. That night we played our first game in Europe which was in interesting experience. We have learned that the courts over here are very different than ours to start. I would describe the surface as something like hard rubber…we won our first game pretty easily against a club team from London. 
We started our second day bright and early. we took the train from nearby our hotel to downtown London and we saw the changing of the guards wearing those big fuzzy hats. then we went to the pica dilly center to have lunch n look around. We went to this giant toy store called Hanleys which was really cute and fun. Also we had the best ice creams evaaa. Next we met the bball coach of Westminster University and he showed us part of the campus which was old and lovely. That night we played against a team coached by the Westminster coach but was just a group of ladies who had played together before. They ended up beating us by 10 which was a bummer but we didn’t play very well soo that’s how that goes hehe. 
Day 3 started even earlier…we caught an 8:30 train called the EuroStar which took us under water from England to Paris. We got picked by our coach bus which we will have for the rest of the trip and drove straight into the city to see the Arc de Triumph which was a huge arch! and then we got some free time to walk around, shop and have a French lunch, crepes! We then headed to our hotel which was interesting in it self, modern, high tech, but poly pocket sized rooms which make us feel like we are in a space ship :). We headed to our third game after a hour of resting and we were greeted with GREAT hospitality! They even had a DJ in the gym…which played throughout the games. (side note: there is also a boys team traveling with us, so there is always two games. one for them and one for us.) They gave us presents and served us dinner after the game, o yeah, and we got back on track with the win!
That brings us to today, Day 4. We got to sleep in which was extra luxurious and then we took the bus to the Eiffel tower! We climbed the stairs up to the second level which prolly took 15 minutes and then we took the elevator to the top. Needless to say the views were spectacular and the tower itself is really cool/reminds me of a dinosaur. After some more ice cream we went to Montmartre which is this really rustic  little area on a hill. There was a beautiful white church at the top of the hill and we sat beneath it on the slope as we ate lunch. There was an art show in a little square next to the church and the artists were drawing amazing portraits of tourists. We went into some really impressive chocolate shops too. That night we played our 4th game in a row against a club team from the city. W

In London Park

e beat them about 90 to 42. woooooo

Look to hear from us again in the next couple days! 
Neva and Kristina 

Europe Travel

Posted in Updates on May 30, 2012 by pioneerathletics

Our blog has come back to life!  This time to chronicle the international travels of Kristina Williams and Neva Hauser.

Join them in their journey:

Greetings world! 

 This is Kristina and Neva writing you from the Philadelphia airport. We are on our way to London with USSAAI (USA Athletes International). We have met several members of our 9 person team including our friendly coach brucey. We have our first game tomorrow against a team from London, but what team that is, no one knows. Game plan is we just pick n roll the whole time and teen scores 30 minimum………and Neva gets 20 rebounds, minimum. We have a 7 hr flight ahead of us and when we arrive, it will be 10am London time, and we will have the whole day ahead of us, so really hoping to get some sleep on this flight! You will be hearing from us a few times during the trip, and we hope to also be taking pictures and sharing them with you. Well, Cherrio!! Pip pip!! Yeh. Xoxoxo
Kristina & Neva

Sudden Death Free-Throw Contest!!

Posted in Updates on November 18, 2010 by pioneerathletics

This past Tuesday marked the beginning of the season for our team! We had a strong start and earned a decisive road win against NAIA Evergreen State.  Tomorrow is the season home opener and the start of our Fall Sudden Death Free-Throw Contest sponsored by women’s basketball.  We will be having the contest on Nov. 19th, Dec. 3rd, and Dec. 4th. 

Here are the official rules and regulations! 

1. All L&C students, staff, and faculty are eligible to participate.

2. Participants will receive their raffle ticket upon entrance into the game. You must be there by tip-off to receive a ticket.

3. During 1st half time-outs, 12 tickets will be called for the half-time event.

4. The 12 winning ticket holders will split on both ends of the court (6 per end) and shoot 1 free-throw at a time and rotate. To stay in the competition, you must make your free-throw each round. If no one makes a FT in THAT round, each contestant in that round only will start over. The rounds continue until each basket has 1 winner.

5. The 1 winner at each end will join the other winner (opposite end) and have a 2 person competition for the $50.00 Visa Gift Card.

6. The final winner will receive their gift card from Coach Fulks after the game.


Portland Parks Community Service – Year 7

Posted in Updates on October 18, 2010 by pioneerathletics

A lot has happend since our last blog post, but the start of the new season seems like the perfect time to get rolling again.  Our seven new players have arrived on campus, we’ve just passed fall break, and on Saturday we colloborated with Portland Parks for the 7th year in a row for a morning of community service.  We have participated in this event in all sorts of weather, but were blessed this Saturday for a gorgeous Portland day working along the scenic Willamette River.  Our team and coaches began the morning by pulling non-native species at Willamette Park, moved on to planting a variety of native trees and plants… and after a few hours of work- found the playground.   Not a bad way to spend the last Saturday morning before practiced kicked off in high gear of Sunday!  Click here to see more pictures!

Pancake Breakfast!

Posted in Updates on May 3, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Alums + 1 to be

Dub cookin’ it up!

Our Pancake Breakfast celebrates a few things each year..besides how much our players, coaches, and alums like to eat!  The first is that our players have made it through the academic class year and only have finals remaining ahead of them. Good luck to all as finals started this morning! The second celebrates the legacies passed down from our alums and seniors as we finish this season and announce internally our 2010-11 freshman class that will soon be joining our team and our traditions.  The breakfast itself is held the Saturday of reading days every year and Coach Whitesel spends hours cooking up pancakes one by one for our players, coaches, and alums in the PDX area. This year’s pancake selection included: strawberry, banana, chocolate chip, raspberry, a combination of

Waiting patiently

above, or plain.  Additionally, the players whip up some scrambled eggs and sausage while Coach Fulks keeps the coffee flowing. All in all, a great morning and a great way to help finish off the year! Click here for more pictures!

Pio Pong!

Posted in Updates on May 1, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Today marked the second annual event of Pio Pong!  Pio Pong is sponsored by our Student Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC) and promotes alcohol education and awareness to L&C students while playing our “Pioneer” version with Gatorade (thanks Coach Hristou for supplying the Gatorade!!).  Eighteen teams, including 5 women’s basketball players, competed for the Pio Pong Title in a double elimination Pio Pong Tournament.  Thanks to all those who helped run and sponser the event! Click here for more pictures!

2010 Wraps Up!

Posted in Updates on April 28, 2010 by pioneerathletics

We are currently in our final week of classes at L&C and end of the year events are happening all all over campus! Last night, we celebrated all of our athletes and their accomplishments at the end of the year L&C Student Athlete Dessert. The Event is in its 3rd year and held in our council chambers which resembles a giant theatre. Five major awards are handed out to a Female & Male athlete for each category including the most prestitigous award – L&C Athlete of the Year. Additionally, a male and female athlete are chosen by the athletic department to emcee the event and Christina Herring was chosen this year…and she did an awesome job. Our staff is very proud to announce that Margaret Dowling was chosen as the Mary Hunter Female Multi-Sport Athlete of the year for being named All-Conference in both volleyball and basketball this season. This is Margaret’s second Multi-Sport Athlete award! Congrats!! The evening ended with lots of dessert before everyone hurried out to keep studying in preparation for tests and finals next week! (Click here for the presentation of Margaret’s award)

Women’s Basketball Past Winners


Margaret Dowling: Mary Hunter Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year


Margaret Dowling: Mary Hunter Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year

Margaret Dowling: Rookie of the Year


Crystal Castle: Pioneer Athletic Club (PAC)  Career Award

Allison Farr: Judy McMullen Scholar Athlete of the Year

Kim Kittell: Mary Hunter Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year

Pulling Double Duty!

Posted in Updates on March 26, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Spring break is here and a lot has happened since the end of the season! Northwest Conference awards have been released and our team made an impressive showing as Christina Herring (1st team), Kristina Williams (2nd team), and Margaret Dowling (Honorable Mention) received recognition. Congrats to all three! March Madness is winding down and our players have started getting back in the gym… but a few are pulling double duty and playing spring sports. Caitlin Relyea (#18) has just recently returned from LA with softball as the team grabbed a few wins down in the sun and Christina Herring is pulling triple duty as she is hurdling with track & field and a Resident Assistant in the dorms for student life. Additionally, our male practice players are staying quite active! Jim Bray is locking down the left side of the infield for our baseball team and David Willis recently won a “100 Project for Peace Award”. Add that with our team of student-trainers, musicians, and game-day personnel- it’s a very busy group that we couldn’t be more proud of! So, good luck to all our spring athletes and Happy Spring Break to All!!

I’m a Star!!

Posted in Updates on February 4, 2010 by pioneerathletics

On Wednesday night, we took a break from our normal Wednesday routine to partner with Upward Basketball during the second hour of practice. Upward Basketball is a national organization focused on healthy competition, sportsmanship, skills building and fun… and last night fun was our main focus. The local group of twenty-five 5th & 6th graders took part in skill development, shooting, and 5 v 5 games intermixed with our players. They also got a special lesson in the proper star-jump technique from our very own Christina Herring! The hour event was a prelude to this Saturday night when many of the Upward players will be playing at half-time during our game against Pacific Lutheran University.

Special thanks to Jenny Pratt (L&C Bball Alum) for helping set up the 2nd Annual Event!! Click here for more pictures!

Christmas Break Ends.. but what a great 4 weeks!

Posted in Updates on January 19, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Today marks the first day back to class for our ladies and I’ll put on my professor hat to teach 2 more classes this spring. I’m sure we are all excited for the semester to get rolling but Christmas break contained a lot of highlights. From basketball, to our Christmas party, to making use of the free time for professional/personal development- we spent a lot of time bettering our team, ourselves, and just having fun… a lot of fun.

On the basketball side, we have found that January is a very good month for us. We are currently 6-0 in conference play, tied for first place, and ranked 26th in the country. We have been on the road, played the late game, and found new games on the bus to keep us entertained. Rumor is that Christina Herring may have been cheating to win at cards on the way to Willamette… and we are working incredibly hard to reach Coach Hristou’s standard for bench dress code 🙂 If Coach Whitesel would only stick to the pre-determined color!

Vacation team bonding this year included movies, team music videos and culminated with our annual Holiday Secret Santa Party. The gifts were quite entertaining and some highlights were numerous snuggies, a crafty basketball sweatshirt (good work Neva), Twilight posters, and much more. After a filling dinner, we opened our brown bag gifts and shared many laughs together.

Rounding out the break, our staff also put together three personal/professional development sessions in conjunction with 3CE. We started the event by taking personality tests and learning more about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly- how to make those personality traits work within a group and on the court. We quickly found out our team spans the entire spectrum (Paige to Junior) and the diversity within our group is much appreciated. After learning about ourselves, we were challenged to start thinking about professional life after L&C (resumes, etc) and ended the 3rd day by having lunch with former alumni and starting to develop professional contacts within the L&C family. Thanks to Tal and Clayton for sharing their knowledge!

We certainly enjoyed break… but the start of classes mean the heart of conference play and the intensity on the court will mount each week. I’m proud to say our ladies are looking forward to the challenge!

Day 4 Cali Style: Livin’ the Dream

Posted in Updates on December 6, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal

Day 4: It was fitting that 4 words summed up our day …. MUCH NEEDED DAY OFF! That is exactly what it was … well, to an extent. This morning the Pio’s joyfully loaded up their bags, laundry, and odds-n-ends to move hotels and head into our first adventure of the day: Breakfast at the Herrings.

Let me tell you a little bit about the Herrings: Aside from both Karen and Bruce (Parents of #24 Christina Herring) being two of our top fans and supporters, making the trip to Portland as often as they can, they also know how to cook a mean meal. Just to put it into perspective, you would have thought President Obama was visiting their house today with the amount of spectacular food that was presented to our fingertips this morning at their home in San Dimas, CA. They fed all of the Pioneer’s, plus all three coaches (I went back for thirds, shhhh) and visiting parents of other Pioneer’s. We had quite the spread ranging from fruit and granola, to eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, toast, juice, and sparkling cider. We ate for an army this morning and were very appreciative to have such great hospitality on the road!! You would think we never feed the team … or the coaches with the amount of food consumed. The ladies enjoyed some down time visiting or dancing (Neva and Jodi) while the rest of us chatted about the weekend so far, the previous games, and our up-coming game tomorrow against Cal Lutheran. The team even had time to fit in a couple Christmas movies to round the morning out right. It was just what we needed to fuel our bellies for the day … THANK YOU TO THE HERRINGS FOR SUCH A GREAT BREAKFAST AND WARM WELCOME!

After our uniforms were washed, our appetite most definitely satisfied, we were back on another highway headed in another direction somewhere in the LA area! This time we had a bit of a hike to Thousand Oaks, CA where we were headed to Cal Lutheran for our practice this afternoon. On our 1.5hr drive today my van decided that Southern California quite possibly ONLY plays The Black Eyed peas, Kanye West, and Jay-Z on the radio, as we channel surfed through the same songs the WHOLE way! The other van scooted along behind us, some of the girls sleeping, while others talked about up-coming finals and randomly what character in the Lion King that they would like to be!

The Pioneer’s laced up their shoes for a quick practice at CLU this afternoon while Coach Tim headed down another freeway to get a jump start on scouting upcoming conference opponents. The ladies were in good form as they warmed up their legs a bit from playing back to back games the past two days. We worked on a few things we are anticipating the Regal’s might bring to the table tomorrow, as well as a few additions to our offense we will be working on over the next few weeks. It was just enough time for all of us to get that fire back in us for tomorrow’s game!

A quick trip to our hotel down the road provided us our next home for just one night in Thousand Oaks. Due to the overwhelming family support for most of the team, we had a free night for them to spend time with their family or stay in and study! A special request from Coach Fulks for dinner at CHIPOTLE (a staff favorite) and we were on our way to the closest one! We can always rely on CHIPOTLE to be a good way to end a great day.

The Pioneer’s are VERY anxious to get on the court tomorrow against the Regal’s as they provide a big challenge for us on our last game of our road trip. Game day awaits us tomorrow at an early tip-off at 3pm before we head back to Portland, back to final test preparations, and for Coach Whitesel and I, a desk full of paperwork not anywhere near as fun as the paperwork for our 2-0 road trip. Until then (Like I always tell both Coaches, we will keep Livin’ the Dream)!

Ps.. the pioneers have added some new significant numbers and words to this trip: Scneva, Stalia, 7, H-Dub, epic, facebook fame … and that is just the start but memories that will keep us laughing.

Day 3 Cali Style: The Few The Proud The Orange

Posted in Updates on December 5, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal  (Day 3 Pictures)

Day 3: Did some one say coffee? YES …… Coach Whitesel and I started our day like we have on most road trips in our careers – with a walk to Starbucks to feed our need before we rallied the troops together for our shoot-a-round before today’s challenge: The Occidental Tigers.  

Occidental sits on the edge of Los Angeles about 20 miles from where we are staying, and in true Southern California fashion 20 miles equals one hour of driving thanks to the 4 Million people who live within the city limits of LA. So with that, we arrived at our newest place of competition for today while the girls were energized and ready to get loose and get shots up … which is exactly what we did.   Alum, Sarah  Moon stopped by the gym to say hello and catch up with us on her life and what she has been up to since she graduated in 2006.  It was great to see her and have her see our latest and greatest Pioneer’s that have filled her jersey since she left. 

Shoot-a-round not only provided us with some time to get lose, but also some time to work on our dance moves and celebration dances.  Special shout out to TEAM HERRING/SPENCE who “broke it down” for us on made free-throws.  Now we have to figure out how to get them to do that during the games ;). 

We quickly made progress back to the hotel to re-group,  eat, pile back into our vans to get back to the gym for the ‘Pre-Game Rally Reception’ that was held at Occidental prior to our game to support friends and family of the program to meet and greet with our players and coaches.  It was a great time for all of us to meet some new family members and catch up with those some of the players hadn’t seen since the previous day.  Thanks to Coach Lori Jepsen and AD Clark Yeager for attending and supporting the event.  It was GREAT to see some familiar Portland faces amongst the group!

Game time came and Coach Whitesel came through with a great pre-game plan on a whiteboard the side of a car window, but was able to communicate enough information for the Pioneer’s to pull out a great victory over the Occidental Tigers improving our record to 6-1 overall.  A team win at its best tonight for the Pioneer’s as we had 4 players come in with double digit scoring, Kristina Williams, Talerra Rich, Megan Spence, and Neva Hauser.  Both Neva and Megan went the extra mile and pulled down enough rebounds to have Double-Doubles as well …. way to go POSTS!  A true team win tonight for the Pioneers in front of a very large Black and Orange crowd!  Special thanks to the Oakridge Girls Basketball team for coming out to support former teammate, Kristina Williams, in tonight’s game (Good Luck tomorrow Trojan’s!). 

After some mingling with family and fans we made our way back toward our hotel in no time.  Who knew the best time to drive in LA was Friday night at 10pm.  In-N-Out Burger was our final destination tonight for the Pioneer’s as we celebrated our win with a true California road trip tradition!  Double-Doubles, milkshakes, and fries filled the need for food immediately upon consumption. 

Tomorrow brings a much-needed day off  for all of us as we will be headed to the Herring’s for a large team brunch first thing in the morning with practice to follow.  Tomorrow will be a day off of games, but certainly not preparation as we will have just as much if not more challenges ahead in our Sunday afternoon game against California Lutheran. 

Day 3 proved to be just as successful as the previous as we continue to be: The Few. The Proud, Orange!

Day 2 Cali Style: Get Low, Get Lucky

Posted in Updates on December 4, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal

Day 2:  Today was our second day in Cali and nonetheless entertaining.  All of the girls, (plus one of the coaches, it may or may not have been me) were all able to sleep in a bit longer than the normal work or school week, so you know that definitely jumped everyone off on the right foot this morning!  Coach Whitesel and I headed to Starbucks for some much-needed energy, while Coach Fulks watched film of our competition in tonight’s game! 

Before we knew it, we were on the road to our shoot-a-round at Whittier this morning.  After we arrived at Whittier and before our normal pre-game routine, we had to take some time out to play our annual 3 on 3 games that became a new tradition last year in Cali.  So you are probably asking, why is this a tradition?  Two Words: Team Coaches!   Yes, that’s right folks, we laced up our shoes this morning to be a team in the King of the Court 3 on 3 game.  Competition was in the air very quickly this morning when the girls realized what was in store.  Although I am here to report we did not win, (and we even cheated a little) we had a great time!  Shout out to the winning team who won, Christina Herring, Neva Hauser, and Megan Spence.  Watch out you three … it’s ON next time, believe that!  It wasn’t all fun and games though …. as we were able to put in a new out-of-bounds play and review some of the Whittier Poets offensive sets for tonight’s game.  And just as quickly as we got there, we were back out the door and on our way back to the hotel for some downtime.

It was very unusual for the ladies to have so much downtime, but with finals next week, it was more than necessary to keep everyone focused and on task.  Even Coach Whitesel and I were able to fit in a few hours of  ‘Real Job Work’  while  Coach Fulks put in a nice power nap … wait, maybe I need that job?  Shortly after free-time and a pre-game meal from Red Robin, we piled back into our vans for our trek over to Whittier for game time. 

The Pio’s came into this weekend with a 4-1 record and the opportunity to play some great DIII schools to measure up against.  All of our pre-season play has been against NAIA or DI schools, so we were ALL very much looking forward to seeing how we measured up.  Good news … after an extremely physical, quick paced,  and high scoring game against the Poets, the Pioneer’s wrapped up the night victoriously against the Poets (78-69), to improve our record to 5-1.  Sophomore Neva Hauser stepped up to the job today to provide some crucial physical play for the Pioneer’s, while Freshman Kristina Williams went 9/10 from the free throw line to keep us above water when the score was too close to comfort.  All of the Pioneer’s threw in some great minutes and teamwork to help carry us into the final minutes of this very close game down to the end.  GREAT JOB LADY PIONEERS! 

Following the game, our iced wrapped ladies mingled with family and friends who came to the game.  Shout out to ALL the PIO POUND 6th Man Club fans in the gym who came out to support their Pioneers tonight.  We had over 30 family members and friends of the team attending the game.  It was great to have that kind of support on the road in a close and physical game like that.  Thank you to those of you who made the trip ~ you are appreciated!  The Poets kindly provided us with dinner before our departure back to the hotel as we enjoyed the win for a few minutes longer on the ride home. 

In celebration of the recent 5-1 record, some of the girls convinced me to have milkshakes before heading up to re-ice, shower, study, and head to bed.  We have another very tough game against the Occidental Tigers tomorrow night on their home court.  We will need just as much strength and energy going into tomorrow’s game as we used tonight. 

So far so good for the Pioneer’s in California. Tomorrow we take on a new challenge, and we will do it the same way we did today …. “Get Low, Get Lucky.” Click here for more pictures!

Go Pio’s!

We’re Going-Going, Back-Back, to Cali-Cali!

Posted in Updates on December 4, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal

This week in Pioneer Basketball: Road Trip! 

In the vans!!

In the vans!!

I am back in action as guest writer this week for the blog and loving every second of it.  Southern California is our destination this week, much further south than the last time we spoke from Canada!  This is a very big weekend for the Lady Pio’s as we sprint into these games with a 4-1 record and three VERY big DIII games ahead.  The girls were very anxious to get to the Golden State not just for the sun (and smog) but this seems to be the home, or close to it, for about 90% of our Pioneers.  Families and friends were on call to attend the games this weekend and get a little taste of 2010 Pioneer Ball!

Day 1: The best part about day one?  Direct TV on our JetBlue flight according to Junior Christina Herring, whom I had a chance to sit next to en route on our quick flight from Portland to Long Beach.  Chris and I chose to watch some ‘train wreck’ TV while others slept, some studied, and Senior Paige Dinnie, shared her seat with a woman who thought someone was smoking on the plane.  Of course it wouldn’t be a Pioneer road trip without some sort of epic moment everyday!

After a small disaster with our rental vans and wonderful LA traffic we had all 12 Pioneers and 3 coaches barreling down the freeway on our way to our hotel.  My van chit-chatted about the music on the radio, and the roadside scenery, while we heard the other van carried a very different tune – discussing global warming.  Hmmm, might have been the two Science based coaches in that van! 

After we crawled through traffic, scarffed down a quick meal, it was time to head to our first practice site: Whittier College!  The girls put in two hours of hard work practicing into the late hours of the evening, 10pm!  They were troopers … it was a very long day.  We put up a lot of shots and went through some game preparations for our game against the Poets!  Thanks to a filling dinner from Olive Garden and a quick game of cards, that Freshman Kristina Williams says she will never play again because there isn’t enough socializing that goes on during the game (who knew the idea of cards wasn’t just competing?). 

It’s nice to be back in Cali again for the Pioneer’s, lots of  family, friends, and questionable officiating awaits!  Click here to see all the pictures!

Our “lopping” skills put to work!

Posted in Updates on November 16, 2009 by pioneerathletics

CS1Last Saturday morning, we continued our annual women’s bball tradition of partnering with Portland Parks for community service.  It was the 6th straight year for our team and second in a row that we worked at  Johnson-Tidewater Creek Park along the Johnson Creek Watershed.  This year we climbed a hill with ‘loppers’… tearing, cutting, pulling, and removing invasive ivy species.  Occasionally, we also took a coffee and donut break. Rumor

Coach Hristou showing good technique!

 is Coach Fulks had 3 donuts during the morning to stay ‘energized’. The weather held out and after the morning – we had made a significant dent in the hill and even made a few paths through to the top.  Check out all the pictures!

Pio Patrol! Helping out the local neighborhoods!

Posted in Updates on November 3, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Pio Patrol 030Halloween was an exciting, jam-packed weekend for L&C and our players!  We jumped from women’s volleyball Friday night (go Marg!) to the NWC Cross Country Meet & Pio Patrol on Saturday and ended with our first scrimmage of the actual season on Sunday.   Thanks to Christina, Kristina, T, Caitlin, Spence, Emily, Sara & Jodi for helping work the XC meet.  After watching the end of the two race’s all the down-backs in basketball didn’t look nearly as bad!!   

Pio Patrol was a new event this year, hosted by SAAC, where our student-athletes went into the area neighborhoods and helped with safety while passing outPio Patrol 011 candy to trick-or-treaters.  Our team split up and ended up running into professors in the neighborhoods and a major Halloween party complete with the giant “jumping tent”.  Spence and Caitlin spent a lot of time “helping” at that house! 

Finally, after gaining an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, we headed north for our scrimmage against Lower Columbia Community College.  It was great to see the progress since Canada and figure out where we still need a lot of work.  The evening ended with dinner at Coach Deichsel’s house!!!  IT WAS AWESOME!  Thanks to the Deichsel family!!!    

Now it’s back to the grind preparing for our next exhibition game vs. Oregon State and then opening day, Nov. 15th!


Posted in Updates on October 28, 2009 by pioneerathletics

L&C Athletics Department is preparing to roll out a brand new, major, huge promotion!!  

Want a hint?  


Like more of this???

Our first 4 home games will give 10 contestants each game a chance to be the ‘daily game winner’ and qualify for a chance to win big, big dollars on Nov. 30.  Will you be one of the lucky 4 winners who has a chance at major money?

More details to come and promotions will be everywhere!

5 Home Games:

1. Sunday, November 15   2:00 pm vs. Evergreen State

2. Tuesday, November 17   7:00 pm vs. Warner Pacific

3. Saturday, November 21    7:00 pm vs. Northwest

4. Tuesday, November 24   7:00 pm vs. Concordia

5. Monday, November 30    7:00 pm vs. Corban

Canada: Day 4 “We’ll be back!”

Posted in Updates on October 12, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal (Check out the Pictures!)

Blog Guest Rider..and super fast!

Blog Guest Writer ..and super fast!

Day 4:

Early morning wake up call today in Victoria …. after 3 days of non-stop on-

Very Unusual Pre-game Meal

Very Unusual Pre-game Meal

the-go activities, 7am came really early today.  Coach Em, Coach Fulks, and myself shuffled in and out of the bathroom and downstairs just in time to see the ladies looking just as tired as we were.  But the good news for me was we were headed for coffee …

Breakfast of champions today was Safeway bagels, bananas and peanut butter!  We found ourselves in high spirits in the Safeway Cafe for over an hour,  talking about anything from Megan Spence’s hometown distance from our current location (apparently we need to work on map education) to Paige’s Grandmother who was coming to attend our game.

With game 4 on day 4 and playing in the morning, we had to get a move on to University of Victoria (UVIC) for our last scrimmage.   As we pulled into campus, we noticed how quiet it was due to the Thanksgiving holiday being tomorrow.  Most people had already left to spend the holiday with family and friends.  However, there was a women’s field hockey game going on when we got there which most of us wished we would have had time to

On the schedule!

On the schedule!

watch and support like our sportsmanship at the hockey game yesterday.  No such luck, apparently we were there to play basketball still 😉

UVIC was very similar to SFU in terms of the size of campus, but with not too much time to spend looking around, we hustled to the gym after noticing they had placed us on the official 2009-2010 schedule on the wall … pretty sweet for us to see as it lined their athletic office hallways.  We had 5 official fans at this game!

Thanks to our fans!

Thanks to our fans!

Megan Spence’s mom and sister, Paige Dinnie’s Grandmother, and Christina Herrings parents who made the whole trip with the Pioneers.  Thanks so much to those of you who were able to join us and take part in our international adventure!

Our scrimmage against UVIC was another very good chance for us to get better, playing against much bigger girls than we have played against in the past, getting us ready for our Exhibition Game against Oregon State.  The refs were very helpful and allowed us to call time-outs from our bench this scrimmage, helping us get used to our style of play.  In fact, they even let Coach Fulks make a few calls for them …!

After our first game, we talked about things we did well and things we needed to work on individually; and we saw these improvements throughout the weekend and in our final game.  It was very exciting to see these improvements from our players, as they had not only come together as a team socially, it was transferring to the court as well.  We couldn’t have been more proud after only 10 days of practice and 4 full days together.

We had to hustle to the ferry station as it was a smaller ferry than our first one and had to ensure our spot so we could make it back to US Soil.  There was a marathon in downtown Victoria this morning, so that created a bit of

Our ride home..

Our ride home..

chaos for us as we crawled along the downtown streets, but allowing us to see a bit more of Victoria on our way.  Once we parked at the ferry station, we were greeted by humorous US Custom Officials who made jokes with us and helped continue our good spirits on our long stretch home.  After a bit of hassle with Paige, whom they almost didn’t let come back with us, we got her just in time to pull onto the ferry and run (we literally ran) to the food counter upstairs.

After food, ice cream, and chit-chat, some girls started in on homework, others slept, and some of us played card games to pass the time.  Coach Em

Is this one?

Is this one?

was the group’s ring-leader in a card game called SET that I made her sit out a round so the rest of us could have a chance at winning.  As soon as we were about 30 miles from Port Angeles, cell phone service regained and a lot of the girls were checking back in with family and friends.

Once we docked at Port Angeles, we were on tunnel vision to get back to Tacoma, Washington where we would meet Coach Whitesel.  My van sang songs and told jokes, led by Freshman Tiffany Wang, and closed out the trip with the Alphabet Sign game.  I heard the other van came up with new games called: Dedication, Karoke, and Talk Show (shout-out to Max’s mom)

The trip to Canada was a success!  Not only did the girls have a blast, so did the coaches. This allowed many of us an opportunity to visit places we had never been to, nor might we ever not have visited.  Quite the experience for those who haven’t ever visited another country and may never get to experience Canada again.  Thanks to CANADA for their hospitality and UBC, SFU, VIU, and UVIC for an opportunity to play against some of the best players and teams in Canada.

The Pioneer’s have this week to recover before we can start official practice and plan for the upcoming season.  We are hoping to rid the colds and catch up on the sleep we need to be back at 100% next week.

Don’t worry Canada … we’ll be back.

Canada: Day 3, Honorary Canadian

Posted in Updates on October 12, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal (Check out the pictures!)

Human Canada Sculpture!

Human Canada Sculpture!

Day: 3

Greetings from Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Canada!

We're On A Boat!

We're On A Boat!

Today started like any other day so far on the trip, where Coach Fulks says ‘Morning Canada’ as we both scurry around gathering up the Pioneers for our day’s adventure.  Today embarked a new journey for us, as we were taking our first ferry ride of the trip over to Nanaimo for our game against Vancouver Island University!  Good news …. we fit on the Ferry with about 2 inches to spare above the van to the roof of the ferry car park. Phew!

This was going to be our first ‘exhibition game’ as the first two were scrimmages against UBC and SFU…  so the girls were very excited to put on their black Uni’s today and play hard! Our ferry ride took us a good 2 hours to get to the island where we had a plethora of things going on while floating across the big blue pond.  Some girls slept, some played cards, some did homework, and some watched film with Coach Fulks and I, during a mini film session in one of the vans.  We went through a few things that we did well the previous night against SFU and some opportunities for us to improve on for our game tonight against VIU.

As we docked in Nanaimo, we all noticed the scenery was a bit different from Vancouver.  The island was more spread out, less metropolitan influence, and many more trees; looking very much like the NorthWest we

Happy and Well Fed

Happy and Well Fed

were used to.  We pulled through downtown Nanaimo and found a spot to feed the hungry girls and coaches.  A hungry coach is NOT a happy coach 🙂 Our waitress at the Modern Cafe gave us a few suggestions of things to do since we had about three hours to use before game time.  We walked along the Seawall on the edge of town peering in and out gift shops,

Skills on the SeaWall

Skills on the SeaWall

walked along the water,  and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  Our-in house dance team, Neva Houser and Jodi Snider, Salsa danced for us along the seawall while a local played the guitar;  some of us pretended not to know them, although they did a fairly good job!

After our trip to the Seawall, we scoobied up to the VIU campus.  From the very top of campus you could see for miles! It was BEAUTIFUL.  We also noticed the Nanaimo Ice Center in the distance, so we hopped in the vans and decided to see what kind of trouble we could get into there.  Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Canada without a HOCKEY GAME!  We filed into the rink, feeling



like little kids with all of our eyes sparking and big smiles on our faces because there was a women’s hockey game going on right then!  Because we usually cannot go anywhere without laughing and having a good time, we were all coaching both teams by the end of the first period.  Clearly, we thought we knew what should be going on more than the girls on the ice!  We started the wave, cheered for the losing team, and yelled to let the girls out of the penalty box.  Now that I think about it, it’s probably a good thing we don’t have a penalty box in basketball, as I don’t know if we could keep a full 5 people on the court.

Game time came and we were warmly welcomed from the VIU staff.  They were very helpful, kind, and genuine.  After a very intense back and forth game, we were able to pull away with a victory in our first game! The girls

Game Time!

Game Time!

played VERY well after 2 scrimmages the two previous days.  Senior Talerra Rich finished with 16 points and led the Pioneers in rebounding.  The other piece of good news,  we didn’t have to learn any new rules this game, as we had learned them all the hard way the previous two days.  The girls were exhausted but very excited to have our first ‘W’ under our belt for the weekend.  VIU even helped our Canadian, Paige Dinnie, feel at home as every time she went in, or took a shot they commentated and played the OH CANADA tune.  After the game, we re-grouped in the schools ‘squash’ room (which to most of us is a racquet ball court) where the school provided us with pizza before our next van journey.  Thanks to VIU and their amazing Canadian Hospitality.

Before we knew it, we were out of Nanaimo and on our way to Victoria for our game tomorrow.  Some girls slept, others chit-chatted about Halloween costumes, while the coaches just plugged along the dark road into Victoria.  Arriving at our hotel around 10pm, our night could not be complete without a quick team bonding game where we shared a room full of laughs

Sat in the wrong spot...

Sat in the wrong spot...

and hysterical activities.  Thanks to Neva and Jodi for being such good sports tonight!

After day 3 down and 1 more to go, I am wondering if I can be an honorary Canadian if I start throwing some ‘eh’s’ into conversation?

Canada: Day 2, Eh?

Posted in Updates on October 10, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal   (Click here for more pictures)

Day 2:Stanley Park

Eh! Troops …
Well … we made it through Day 2 in Canada, and it turned out to be just as eventful as the first!
After a late night last night, some extra hours of sleep this morning, and a trip to the local coffee shop, we were ready to give Day 2 in Canada our best efforts.  Our day started with a trip to Stanley Park which is like Vancouver’s version of Central Park.  We spent the morning looking at the Totem Pole Park, Lions Gate Bridge, and walked along the water that surrounds the city.  It was breathtaking to say the least and I am trying to figure out how I can managed my next trip back here.   Apparently Megan Spence spends every summer at Stanley park with her family … so she gave some insights from the peanut gallery along the way.  Caitlyn Relyea also let us know she had tandem biked around the park before with her family … not something she made sound like anything relatively fun, so not something I will be adding to my next trip.  Thanks Cait.
From there we went to Granville Island where they have an on-going farmers market, lots of local tourist shops, cafe’s, New Canadian Hats?and art galleries.  It was packed! We have been trying to figure out why everything has been so busy this week and come to find out … its Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday ~ who knew.  Apparently Paige failed to mention that tp me before now.    Because of this, there is a lot of hustle and bustle throughout town right now; and not to mention the city is veryTiff, Muk Muk, & Mirin much getting ready for the Olympics that will be here this winter.    Our players have found themselves quite fond of the 2010 Olympic Cartoon Characters, again … who knew.  
We had just enough time to snag a pre-game meal,  re-group before our game, and set-off for our next destination.  Simon Fraser (SFU) sits on the East side of the Vancouver in the Burnaby area.  As we were pulling in, we decided that the buildings looked something like the Pentagon; concrete, low-rise horizontal buildings.  Although sterile, it was beautiful scenery and they have top notch facilities.  Once we arrived in the arena, we were welcomed by the Canadian National Anthem for the first time … Paige couldn’t have been happier. And quite frankly so were the coaches, they actually had a player sing it for us.   Their coach also informed us that SFU will be joining the NCAA DII inHave you been lifting? 2011 as part of the Greater Northwest Atheletic Conference (GNAC).  They will be playing with American Rules vs their own as well as having 4 year eligibility athletes  vs the 5 years they do now.  This will be a very big change for them moving forward.  The Pioneers came out strong after spending some time off the court today against the Reigning National Champs from FSU…even won the first quarter 22-21.  We  played to our strengths and continued to show signs of improvement and athleticism. 

We bolted back to the hotel after the game after a team vote for Pizza.  A nice way to get back right away and rest up for the next two days … or so we thought.  After an hour and a half of waiting for it to be delivered, Coach Fulks ‘hit a wall’ and called to find out where it is.  After she very kindly told the person on the other end of the phone that we hadn’t received our order yet, we eventually got fed and only paid half the cost.  I am sure those ‘kind’ words had something to do with it.  After pizza, we were able to spend a bit of time learning something new about all of the players and the coaches.  Everyone had sent in a text message to Coach one thing others did not know and we all tried to guess who each item fit.  Let’s just say, we have players with a fake tooth (Jodi Snider), a former gymnast (Coach Em), yes really,  even a former Homecoming Queen (Coach Fulks).  Many laughs later, everyone scurried off to bed for an early morning wake up call tomorrow.   
Tomorrow marks a new adventure for us as we will have a 2 hour Ferry Ride crossing to Victoria for our next two games at University of Victoria and Vancouver Island.  This should be interesting as we are not too sure if the vans will even fit on the boat!  (Coach Fulks and Coach Sexton (golf/assoc. AD) believe they will!)
Happy Friday!

We Made It!

Posted in Updates on October 9, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Guest Writer: Coach Tal just crossed the border

I thought I would give a go at the blog this week as we are underway on our very first International trip for the Pioneers!

We made it to OH Canada today, home of Senior,Paige Dinnie, with all 11 players, three coaches, and two 12 passenger vans in one piece.  Step 1 – Check!  

 There were a few initial things to get used to right away, like the speed limit.  Canadians measure speed in KM’s, so when it said 80 KM”s I got a little nervous realizing i was driving about 20 mph over the speed limit.  Thanks to Coach EM, who let me know underneath the mph on the speedometer, it is KM’s.  Learn something new everyday – thanks EM.   When it came to distances though for freeway exits, everything was measured in Meters.  That one, well, we all just gave up on right away since we didn’t want to do the math, and our ‘in house’ math wiz student, Kristina Williams, was in the other van. 
We played University of British Columbia today, that has somewhere in the realm of 30,000 students.  It is a massive campus, set right on the hills of Vancouver.  And of course the oldest building on campus is the GYM.  We weren’t quite sure we were ever going to find our way into the gym, as one student told us it was on a different side of campus, and every door we seemed to try to open was locked.  Once we finally made our way to the gym, a female UBC athlete was walking out and Coach Fulks leaned over and said,  “i sure hope she is on the volleyball team” since we were basically looking at her knee caps at eye level.  
The UBC Thunderbirds had 13 girls suited up for our scrimmage. We played 4, 10 minute periods vs 2 halves.  We had 8 seconds in the back court and a 24 second shot clock vs our no back court time line and a 30 second shot clock.  We played in the trapezoid key, and went to the bonus every period after 5 fouls a period.  Since breathing in Canada seemed to be a fould, we were in the bonus for every period which Welcome to BCdid not help our cause.  The Pioneers came out strong and showed some major headway for the up-coming season.  After a very long day in the car and on the court, the girls were more than ready to catch up on some much needed sleep. 
We are staying in downtown Vancouver tonight and tomorrow night.  I was pleasantly surprised to see what an amazing city Vancouver really is. Very new architecture, lots of trendy downtown living, great independent restaurants (thanks to the Cactus Club Cafe for a great dinner), and some bright neon lights reminding some of us of New York City.   To get into the city we took a large highway bridge over a  beautiful bay at sunset that crossed into the heart of the city which looked just like something out of a magazine; high rise buildings with mountains tall behind them, and water surrounding everything.  Vancouver, the best kept secret in the NorthWest … after Portland that is.
Plans tomorrow include sleeping in and coffee for the coaches, and thats as far as we have gotten.  We will be doing some sort of sight seeing tomorrow, since our evening plans will be playing Simon Fraser.  The REIGNING NATIONAL CHAMPS of Canada. This game will too, follow the same rules and will be in the same scrimmage type format.  We will head to Victoria on Saturday for our game that day and Sunday.    
Looking forward to what tomorrow in BC will bring!

Talia Hristou


Posted in Updates on October 8, 2009 by pioneerathletics
Birthplace of Paige Dinnie :)

Birthplace of Paige Dinnie

Tomorrow marks the beginning of our four day adventure into the homeland of senior, Paige Dinnie and the first outside competition for the 2009-10 pioneer squad.   We’ve asked lots of questions about Canada over the years… some funny, some educational, some not-so-smart.  We’re hoping that this four day expedition is “Lewis & Clark” style and includes lots of exploring as well as visiting 4 Canadian Universities.   On the docket are the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (reigning Canadian National Champions), Vancouver Island University, and the University of Victoria.    Additionally, we will have a few ferry rides that hopefully double as ‘whale watching’.  We’ve spent 10 days prepping and are ready to go!

P.S.  Paige –  in honor of this adventure:

Check back for daily updates and lots of pictures…

2009-10: Officially Started!

Posted in Updates on September 28, 2009 by pioneerathletics

The first week of practice is officially in the books and week 2 hits off today!  Week 1 included 4 practice days, lots of shooting… and bring on that defensive footwork!

Reach Step Ladies!!

Reach Step Ladies!!

Additionally, the team got started with a wide range of motivational hits as the coaches surprised them with a CD of all their fav’t workout songs.   It’s hard work but if it wasn’t hard- everyone would be doing it!   Check out more photos from the first week!

Calling all Trivia Lovers…

Posted in Updates on September 21, 2009 by pioneerathletics
Lewis, Clark, & Seaman

Lewis, Clark, & Seaman

Please step up and share your knowledge.  And gain your L&C bragging rights.

In honor of our excellent academic tradition, we would like to quiz you about Lewis & Clark… the explorers, not the college. 

Of course you know your college basketball, but do you know your history?  Try these 6 questions and prove how well-rounded you really are!

Question 1: Which president sent Lewis & Clark to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory?

a.  Thomas Jefferson           b. Barack Obama

c. James Madison                d. James Monroe

Question 2:  How much pay did enlisted members of the expedition originally earn per month?

a.  5 cents          b.  50 cents       c.  5 dollars       d. 50 dollars

Question 3: What position did Meriwether Lewis hold before becoming leader of the expedition?

a. Men’s basketball coach at Lewis & Clark College     b. Map Maker

c. Ambassador to France     d. Personal Secretary to Thomas Jefferson

Question 4: How many miles did the expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, roughly cover round trip?

a.  80 miles       b. 800 miles     c. 8,000 miles      d. Did the boat have an odometer?

Question 5: Lewis & Clark were the first Americans to see which animal?

a. Wildcat       b.  Bearcat     c.  Coyote     d.  Big Foot

Question 6. The Lewis & Clark Mascot, Pio1, is in honor of Meriwether’s dog which accompanied him on the journey.  What type of breed was his dog?

a. Boston Terrier   b. English Wolfhound  c. Chicuahua   

d. Newfoundland

Answers:  1) a    2) c   3) d    4) c   5) c   6) d

2009 PioFair! Let’s Celebrate Together!!

Posted in Updates on September 8, 2009 by pioneerathletics
Manor House Lawn Buffet

Manor House Lawn Buffet

PioFair is our annual fall gathering celebrating the beginning of school and bringing together all of the extra-curricular events.   An added bonus this year: local Newfoundland groups brought their purebreds to campus in honor of the L&C Newfoundland Mascot: Pio1

Check out more Photos from PioFair!

Coach Hristou and Pio1 Look-a-Like

Coach Hristou and Pio1 Mascot

Welcome Class of 2013!

Posted in Updates on August 27, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Yesterday was the first official day at L&C for the class of 2013! Moving in started at 8:00 am  and New Student Orientation has been in full swing ever since.  Our staff would like to officially introduce you to the L&C Women’s Basketball Class of 2013.

Tamar Cartun, Gunn HS, Palo Alto, California

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Mirin Fader, LACES HS, Los Angeles, California

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Sara Villanueva, Poly HS, Sun Valley, California

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Tiffany Wang, Cupertino HS, Cupertino, California

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Kristina Williams, Oak Ridge HS, El Dorado Hills, California

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Welcome to L&C College! Click here for more NSO Photos!

Now THAT’S a summer vacation!!

Posted in Updates on August 22, 2009 by pioneerathletics
Talerra Starting the Tri!

Talerra Starting the Tri!

“What I did over summer vacation stories”  are a long honored tradition when returning back to school and L&C is no different.  The end of August has arrived!  Over the past few days, they have started to trickle back on campus and we wanted to honor this August tradition by telling the  “stories” of our two Seniors, Paige and Talerra.

Paige Dinnie (Resident Canadian)

Not Just Horsing Around

Imagine waking up early on a Thursday morning, loading the horses, and driving the trailer southbound for 14 hours.                                                                                                                                           Destination? Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington. Reason?  The weekend

Paige & Chance

Paige & Chance

equestrian event!

Bonus?  Finally an event close enough that fans can come watch.   Paige has grown up living on a horse farm in Canada and loving horses is in her blood.   Every summer she travels with her family to a variety of locations (Montana, Washington, all over Canada) to compete in local riding events and this summer… we just happened to be able to go watch.  Check out more photos!

Yes, that IS Coach Fulks on Chance

Yes, that IS Coach Fulks on Chance

Talerra Rich (Los Alamos, New Mexico)

Swimming, Biking…. and Running?

6:00 AM: Alarm Clock Blares    6:30 AM: In the Pool

It’s not how many would choose to spend their summer vacation, but Talerra had to get a ‘swim’ in before the work day began.   This summer’s pattern was a new endeavor for Talerra and it required an assortment of workouts and plenty of ‘double days’.   Her training was a success as she completed the 35th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon last weekend in her hometown.  Rumor has it that is she planning on competing again this fall in Portland… and is trying to get Coach Fulks to join in.


Class of 2007… Rollcall

Posted in Updates on August 17, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Let’s start with 2007 Trivia…

1. The top grossing movie was Spiderman 3

2. The Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl

3.  Sarah Moon, Carrie Centlivre, & Chloe Hansen graduated from L&C College

And this past week, I had the chance to sit down with each of them and catch up and re-visit the ‘good ol days’


Carrie, Soph

Since graduation, they have taken three different paths.  Carrie (known for being on the floor more than standing) went straight into the working world and creates internet websites with a local Portland Company…proving a liberal arts degree allows you to jump within a variety of fields.

Moon, Soph, YR

Moon, Soph

Sarah (known for the cross-court skip pass) took a year off and then moved to the University of Texas-Austin with an internship through Campus Crusade.  She finished the year off by mentoring and ministering in NYC and is now headed to graduate school this fall at Fuller Graduate School.

Chloe, SR

Chloe, SR

Chloe (know as 1460 by dub) took a year off to enjoy Portland and then entered graduate school at the University of Syracuse.   She was offered a full assistantship position and will finish next spring with a Master’s in Rhetorical Studies. 

All together, the three have done quite well for themselves and our staff enjoys every chance we have to see them and catch up.  They were sophomores on our first team and many of their stories (star jumps, CD releases, shin splints) are passed down from year to year… and were essential building blocks for our current team.

Check out these Photos from their years at L&C! 

Coach Fulks

Portland!! Why does everyone love it?

Posted in Updates on August 10, 2009 by pioneerathletics


Over the past week, Coach Fulks had a former college teammate visiting Portland for the first time.. and her question was simple- Why does everyone love living in Portland? As an Ohio native herself, Coach Fulks can attest to the Portland appeal and come up with quite a few different answers….besides it being so green!   But, the answer is not typical. Largest clover ever?

Portland’s appeal happens to be a mix of cuisine, entertainment, arts, culture, sports, and natural beauty… with the “Portland” twist into the realm of Atypical.   The Atypical makes you love this city.   We have all the ‘normal’ big city items to enjoy: Professional sportstall buildings downtown, countless malls, chain restaurants, big name concerts, and major company headquarters.  We have ‘the expected’ that every city should offer.  But, it’s the other stuff that makes you sometimes shake your head in both amazement or perplexity…or both.

Atypical #1:  “Why did Mother Nature spend so much time here?” The list of sights is too abundant but the big ticket items are: Mount Hood, Multnomah Falls, Silver Falls, Columbia River Gorge, and the Oregon Coast (where scenes from both Goonies and Twilight were filmed).  You can snowboard, surf, hike, and bike… all in one weekend.  (Photos!!)

Atypical #2: “Who thought of these restaurants?” For example, Voodoo Doughnuts serves doughnuts 24 hours a day and provides anything from Captain Crunch Doughnuts to an Arnold Palmer and  Fire on the Mountain runs a special for free wings if you can bounce on a pogo stick for a minute.  Interested? Then also try Fat City Cafe, Por Que No?St. Cupcake, and don’t leave out Portland City Grill, while both trendy and hip, offers a panoramic view of the city from the 30th floor.

Atypical # 3: “How do so many different types of people co-exist?” Good question.  Most likely because Portland comes with a friendliness that promotes good feelings…. maybe it’s all that fresh air.   But, no doubt, we have a variety: hippie, trendy, classy, sporty, green, old-fashioned, liberal and combinations of each.  We like different music, different sports, and different art.  But, we can all come together and celebrate the ‘atypical’ that makes Portland unforgettable.

After all, when was the last time you were driving and had to wait to turn for someone riding their unicycle.

Pioneers host opening Summer Camp!

Posted in Updates on June 16, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Our staff has teamed up with Lake Oswego HS for a week of basketball camp! The campers are mixing learning new basketball skills with other fun activities on campus such as swimming, water balloon fights, and games on our outdoor court!!  The camp ends Friday with player competitions and our ending award ceremony.

Final Farewell…

Posted in Updates on May 18, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Coach Fulks and Emily

On Sunday, May 10th, Emily walked across the stage, receiving her degree in chemistry. Following the graduation ceremony, the seniors were joined by the athletics department, family and friends for one final celebration, as they leave Lewis & Clark and begin their new adventure. Emily is going on to work with Lahash doing missionary work in East Africa before going on to med school next year. We would like to wish her the best of luck on her new adventure. If you would like to learn more about Lahash click on the link below.

Congratulations Emily!

Student-Athlete Awards Dessert…

Posted in Updates on April 29, 2009 by pioneerathletics


The athletic department held it’s annual Pioneer student-athlete awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 21 in Council Chambers.

Pioneer basketball was proud to honor our lone senior, Emily, as well as Margaret for her accomplishments in both basketball and volleyball. Margaret was awarded the Female Rookie of the Year and Mary Hunter Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year.

The ceremony was a chance for all of the Pioneer athletes to come together and honor and congratulate one another for their dedication and accomplishments across all sports this year.

Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year

You can click on the link below to view a full list of all of the award winners for the 2008-09 year.

[Pioneer Athletics]

Pioneers in a Different Uniform for the Spring…

Posted in Updates on April 20, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Caitlin Relyea

Caitlin and Michaela have switched gears for the Spring, as they have helped lead the Pioneer softball team in the 2009 season. At 3rd base, Caitlin joins Michaela, who is in her sophomore season as the 2nd baseman. The duo has proved to be a driving defensive force for the Pioneer infield. The Pioneer softball team has just two games left, as they head to Dallas, TX for their final weekend of play. Michaela Satter

Go Pioneers!

Pioneers Helping March Madness Fans Prepare For Battle…

Posted in Updates on March 25, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Nike Pro Combat

Aron Phillips, a Lewis & Clark alum and former practice player for our team, reached out to the L&C athletes to help out with a local Nike basketball event put on last weekend by  “Dime Magazine”. The event centered around the NCAA tournament, as Portland’s Rose Quarter was selected as one of the tournament locations.

Emily, Christina, Talerra and Kim, along with several other L&C students and alumni, offered their time, spending all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Nike Pro Combat Station, helping prepare March Madness fans for battle. “Battleproofing” fans was the main objective, as they offered face paint, free t-shirts, food, a custom photo booth and the NIKEiD studio. The event also allowed our players an opportunity to be introduced to many executives of Nike and Dime Magazine.

Former Pioneers Take On Coaching Roles…

Posted in Updates on March 13, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Coach CastleLake Oswego Lakers

Former Pioneers, Shawna Castle and Allison Farr (Class of ’08), have spent the past four months in the gym, not as players, but as coaches. After graduating from Lewis & Clark in May, the two ladies took coaching positions here in the Portland metro area. Shawna coaches the Hockinson 5th grade girls squad, while Allison coaches the Lake Oswego 8th grade girls team. Both coaches had successful seasons and enjoyed the many rewards of their coaching experiences.

Starburst Tournament

Posted in Updates on March 6, 2009 by pioneerathletics

starburst-020We finished out our season on the road, traveling to eastern Washington to play Whitman and Whitworth on the 20th and 22nd of February. Like all of our road trips, the team found interesting ways to entertain themselves… and the coaches might have been entertained as well🙂 While at our hotel, we came up with what we call “The Starburst Wrap-Off Tournament” [see bracket below – courtesy of Coach Dub]. This year’s 2009 Starburst Champion was T, although “Large Marge” put up a great fight in the final round. See our photo shoot from the tourney.

2009 Starburst Tournament Bracket


Senior Night… “Em’s Night”

Posted in Updates on February 19, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Emily with Coach FulksFriday, February 13, was senior night as we said farewell to our lone senior, Emily Deichsel. We celebrated her Pioneer career on our home floor prior to tipoff of Friday night’s Linfield game. “Em” has devoted herself to this program and this institution, and for that, we are incredibly grateful.

p10208341Posted are some pictures from the Senior Ceremony on Friday night. The final home game of her career could not have gone any better, as we earned a win against the Wildcats. We went 2-0 on the weekend, beating Willamette on the road on Saturday night. It was a great weekend for Pioneer basketball!

Our Practice With Upward…

Posted in Updates on January 27, 2009 by pioneerathletics

Paige Signs Autographs

We shortened practice on Monday so that we could spend some time with a children’s organization called Upward, a church sponsored national program. The group consisted of a mixture of 5th and 6th grade girls basketball teams, led by a former L&C basketball player and alum, Jenny Pratt. We spent an hour together playing games and working on fundamentals. We have invited the group to come back to see us on Saturday, when we host Pacific Lutheran. The teams will be playing a short game during halftime.

We would like to thank Jenny and all of the Upward teams for their support of Pioneer basketball. We wish them the best of luck!

First Day of Classes…

Posted in Updates on January 20, 2009 by pioneerathletics

img_3321Today is the first day of the 2009 spring semester, as all of the players were challenged with the task of early rising this morning. After having an entire month break from school, I am sure the team is very anxious to get back in the classroom for those lectures and tests.

Aside from their rigorous efforts in the classroom, the team will finish up the first round of conference play this weekend at home against eastern Washington teams Whitman and Whitworth.

Go Pioneers!


Dance, Dance Revolution

Posted in Updates on January 16, 2009 by pioneerathletics

As we finish up our first round of conference play, it seemed appropriate to allow the team a day to “loosen up” after working so hard for three months. After practice last week we all gathered downstairs in the Pamplin mat room for a team activity… HIP HOP DANCE LESSONS. A local dance instructor, and also a friend of Coach Hristou, was kind enough to give us an hour-long lesson, as she choreographed a dance and taught it to the team. Many of the players revealed their hidden dancing talents… and many others should never, ever dance in public again 🙂

Here is a preview of the video footage… The movie montage will be coming soon! Be sure to check back… you won’t want to miss it!

Southern California…

Posted in Updates on December 30, 2008 by pioneerathletics



We took another long road trip last weekend, December 19-21, to southern California. We arrived at LAX on Friday morning and then drove to Cal Lutheran for our scheduled practice. After practice, many of our players spent some time at the mall, finishing up some last minute Christmas shopping.


On Saturday we played Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. After the game we went out to pizza to celebrate the victory, and turned in early for the night so that we could be well-rested for our game the following day.


On our final day in California, we woke up early and traveled to San Dimas, Christina’s hometown, where her parents had made us a fantastic breakfast. After mingling with parents and family and filling up on eggs, sausage, and potatoes, we headed back towards Riverside for our second game of the weekend against La Sierra.


bruchAfter our victory on Sunday, everyone parted ways for our 5-day break; some were flying home, some were staying in the L.A. area, and those who were returning to Portland had a big surprise in store. PDX had cancelled all flights on Sunday due to the inclement weather that had been lingering for over a week. With four players (Meg, Vega, Em and Taylor) and Coach Whitesel stranded at LAX with no possibility of landing in Portland until after Christmas, we had some quick thinking to do. Desperate times called for desperate measures… after renting an SUV, Coach Whitesel “Dub” drove 17 hours from Los Angeles to Portland, with a pit-stop in Sacramento for a short nap.   


Despite the grueling journey for those traveling to Portland, everyone made it home to their families safely for Christmas. Not surprisingly, the trip was a lot of fun, as is always the case with this awesome group of people.





Snow Day…

Posted in Updates on December 15, 2008 by pioneerathletics


Today we had our first snow day of the school year, and of course, the girls were very anxious to finish our morning practice so they could get outside and make their snow angels. Unfortunately for our players, the snow has arrived right in the middle of finals week, but that didn’t stop them from taking a few study breaks. We took a couple of pictures to share with all of you… 



Pioneer Classic – Hayward, California

Posted in Updates on December 10, 2008 by pioneerathletics


On Thursday the 4th we departed for Hayward, California where we played in the Cal State East Bay Pioneer Classic alongside University of Puget Sound. Many of our players are from the northern California area, so it was a great opportunity for family and friends of those players to come out and support Pioneer basketball. On Friday, we won our first game of the tournament against UC Santa Cruz. That night, we all headed over to Burlingame, group1where Margaret’s parents had prepared a delicious dinner for all of us. All family and friends were invited, and it was a great opportunity to get to know those who are close to the players.

On Saturday, we beat the host of the tournament, Cal State East Bay. That night, Christmas came early… We took the team to In-N-Out Burger. We’ve never seen them so happy. We all had a great time and came home with two W’s, so the coaching staff was extremely pleased.

Here are the pictures that we took, we hope you enjoy them. A very special thanks to the Dowlings for taking us into your home, as well as all of the family members and friends who showed their support this weekend.

Go Pioneers!

Idaho Trip…

Posted in Updates on December 5, 2008 by pioneerathletics

We departed for Idaho on Thursday, November 20 at about 3:30 pm via charter bus, putting us in Lewiston a little after 10 pm. Immediately after arriving, all the coaches and players headed to their rooms for bed, as we had to wake up early for shootaround on Friday morning. We played our first game against LC State on Friday night and then turned around to play Montana Tech on Saturday afternoon.

We have provided some video footage for all of you to see. This short movie that we put together includes our dinner at The Spagghetti Establishment, a long bus ride, and also some pre-game footage.

Team Dinner

Posted in Updates on November 17, 2008 by pioneerathletics


The ladies got together on Friday night for dinner and a movie at Emily Deichsel’s house. Our lone senior, Em, cooked pasta, garlic bread, and baked brownies for the team.

As coaches, we were happy to see the ladies unwinding and having a good time. They were all very excited to get off campus and eat a home cooked meal. We are very proud of all of the energy and hard work they have been putting forth both in school and on the court. They are all extremely busy with basketball and school, and with finals approaching in less than a month, I am SURE that they have been spending lots of time in the library… 🙂

Student Athletic Trainers in Action

Posted in Updates on November 9, 2008 by pioneerathletics

Aside from their busy school and basketball schedules, three of our players also find time to log hours in the training room as student athletic trainers. Michaela, Emily, Paige, and Taylor are all members of the athletic training staff. This job is available to students who have passed the Athletic Training Course offered every Spring, taught by our Head Athletic Trainer, Mark “Petie” Pietrok.

As student trainers, their duties include but are not limited to: administering treatment to athletes, taping ankles, wrists and fingers, and updating electronic treatment records. Aside from putting in time in the training room, the student trainers also gain experience in the field, where they are able to observe the evaluations of injuries occurring during various sporting activities.

We are very proud of our student athletic trainers! Keep up the good work.

Young Pios Basketball Clinics

Posted in Updates on October 29, 2008 by pioneerathletics


Shawna Castle looks on as the young pios practice ball handling

Shawna Castle (L&C alum '08) looks on as the young pios practice ball handling


The women’s basketball staff is currently running a Young Pios Basketball Clinic at Hockinson Elementary School in Brush Prairie, Washington.  The clinic is using our L&C basketball staff, players, and alumni to teach local area girls the fundamentals of basketball.  Our coaching staff is having a great time with this, and all of the girls are loving it.  

The free clinic consists of girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and it runs every Sunday afternoon.  Go (Young) Pios!


Basketball shows some love to teammate Margaret and the Volleyball team

Posted in Updates on October 28, 2008 by pioneerathletics


Margaret Dowling, one of our freshman forwards, has been earning numerous accolades on the volleyball court for the Lady Pios this fall. Margaret plays two sports and is currently finishing up in volleyball before transitioning into the basketball season. 

The volleyball team, who currently stands in third place in the Northwest Conference, is one of our most loyal and energetic fan bases.  They attend nearly all of our home games and we love showing them the same support.  Volleyball will finish out their season with two home games Nov. 7th & 8th and you can bet that we will all be there.  Go Pios!

As you can see from the pictures below, our team loves to go out and support Margaret and volleyball in their battle to finish at the top of the Conference.

First Day of Practice…

Posted in Updates on October 19, 2008 by pioneerathletics

Today was our first practice of the 2008-09 season!

Our team started practice in the weight room where we measured individual strength & conditioning and then moved upstairs to the gym.  Practice entailed teaching a variety of fundamentals and the beginning sequences of our offenses and defenses. 

Everyone was really excited to jump back into the swing of things and officially start the much anticipated season of Pioneer Basketball!  Expectations are high and the players have worked extra hard in the off-season to meet our team goals… and that work ethic carried into practice today.

Check out our video footage from the first day!